Councillor’s blog: What’s wrong with local government

February 26, 2018

What’s wrong with local government in the UK? Well Kent County Council’s annual budget day offers some pointers, writes our KCC representative, Martin Whybrow. In the council chamber bubble, there’s the usual petty party politics. It is such an unedifying spectacle for anyone watching from the public gallery or on the webcast. Within an...
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Green-wash, Brexit and reshuffles: Our KCC member on Paul on Politics

January 14, 2018

Our Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, was on this Friday’s Paul on Politics show on KMTV. In an entertaining and wide-ranging discussion, alongside fellow KCC councillor, Labour’s Karen Constantine, he discussed Tory green-wash, in light of Theresa May’s speech on Thursday (too vague, too little on how the aspirations would be achieved and still...
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Huge challenges for 2018 from cuts and Brexit

December 31, 2017

“It is impossible to look to the new year with anything other than deep foreboding.” So concluded the Green Party’s Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, at the last full council meeting of 2017. He had set out his fears for front-line services as a result of further severe budget pressures, combined with the likely...
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No excuses now for divestment

December 31, 2017

The Green Party’s Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, is calling on KCC to finally do the right thing and divest from fossil fuel and other unethical shareholdings. This is in light of an expected relaxation by central government of restrictions on the country’s pension funds. As reported in The Guardian (click here for the...
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Bus subsidies in the firing line

November 29, 2017

KCC’s annual £6.4 million subsidy for loss-making bus services across the county is under grave threat. The County Council is now putting forward proposals for how to prioritise the intended cuts. Within its Medium Term Financial Plan there is a planned reduction of £4 million for 2018-2020, so a 70 per cent reduction in...
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Operation Stack lorry park victory!

November 15, 2017

Shepway Green Party is delighted at today’s news that the Operation Stack lorry park, planned for 250 acres of farmland near the village of Stanford, has been scrapped. The Department of Transport (DfT) has said it will not contest the imminent judicial review. This is a massive u-turn and a great victory for everyone...
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Pressure grows on KCC to divest

November 12, 2017

If you care about climate change and believe in the urgent need to reduce our reliance on carbon then please join us to increase the pressure on Kent County Council (KCC) and the Kent Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Shepway Green Party is wholly supportive of Fossil Free UK’s current campaign to...
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Residents urged to respond to KCC Budget consultation

October 26, 2017

Residents across the county are urged to respond to Kent County Council’s budget consultation. With yet more sweeping cuts to councils’ Revenue Support Grants, the likelihood is that KCC will have some extremely difficult decisions to make about which front-line services will suffer. More job losses are on the way and the consultation also...
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Breastfeeding friendly campaign kicks off

October 16, 2017

At Shepway Green Party’s AGM it was agreed to organise a breastfeeding friendly campaign. We are looking for volunteers to approach local cafés etc to ask them to display breast feeding friendly stickers and leaflets. It will only take an hour or two and you can visit the cafés when it is convenient for...
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Shepway Green Party urges KCC rethink on breastfeeding

August 3, 2017

Shepway Green Party is urging people to tell KCC to rethink proposals to cut services to support breastfeeding across the county. The council has recently gone out with a consultation, that runs to 2nd September, about a radical change to the way breastfeeding is supported in Kent. It would move the focus onto already...
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